Spider Plant Care Guide

Spider Plant Care Guide

Spider Plant Care

After establishing your new Spider Plant, it is time to begin thinking about its care. Spider plants can be vulnerable to pests, including mealybugs, aphids, and scale insects. To keep these pests away, wash the plant with a strong stream of water. If you suspect that mealybugs are the problem, treat them with rubbing alcohol. In case they are not, you can cut off baby "plantlets" until they have stopped growing.

While spider plants are hardy in most climates, they do well in low to medium-humidity conditions. Avoid placing your Spider Plant in a dry room. The edges of its leaves may brown when the air is too dry. During springtime, you can mist the plants to keep them moist. During winter, you should not feed them at all. If you are not sure, try bringing the Spider Plant into the bathroom with you while you shower.

You can buy many varieties of Spider Plants. Almost all of them have similar requirements for care. Variegated Spider Plants should be placed in a light location, while green varieties can tolerate a darker location. However, you should avoid direct sunlight to keep your Spider Plant healthy. A well-watered Spider Plant will grow to a height of eight to 10 inches. If you have space in your home, try placing a Spider Plant in a corner.

Although the Spider Plant does not need much water, it needs proper care. Watering problems and leaf tip burn are the most common problems with the Spider Plant, but this problem is often caused by inadequate fertilization and watering. Once the plant is healthy, it will produce sprouts and you can sell them to friends. To grow more Spider Plants, you can give them as gifts to your friends. You can also try out the different varieties by following our Spider Plant care guide.

After establishing your Spider Plant, you can try propagating it by dividing it. Just plant the baby plantlet into a pot with the parent plant. You can wait a few weeks for it to root and looks similar to the picture below. Nevertheless, the plantlet will need to be cross-pollinated to produce seeds. You can use a small artist's brush or a cotton swab to do this. Remember to brush all the flowers to ensure that pollen gets transferred to the plant's ovules.

You can use water-soluble or granular fertilizer to feed your Spider Plant. Spiders require bright light and adequate water, but you should avoid overfeeding them, which will lead to brown leaf tips. If you do feed your Spider Plant, make sure to use a fertilizer according to the instructions on the package. You can use this fertilizer once or twice a month, depending on your weather and climate. Spider Plant care is not hard to maintain if you have the proper knowledge and tools.

The soil that your Spider Plant needs is loose and nutrient-rich. It should retain moisture while allowing excess moisture to drain. Even if you don't have special soil, pre-mixed soils are suitable for spider plants. But, do not neglect to add organic matter, such as coco-coir, peat moss, or shredded leaves. Also, you should avoid soils that contain moisture-retaining crystals, as they will stunt your Spider Plant. As a rule of thumb, it's a good idea to repot your Spider Plant in the spring. Just move it to a slightly bigger pot. Once it's ready, add fresh potting mix around it.